I hate class warfare. It all ways puts me off a little when I hear someone make a negative comment about a rich boy or trust fund kid. I'm only interested in who a person is, not what kind of background they come from. I don't resent wealthy people. They are an important part of our society and our economy. I wish we had more of them. I wish I was one of them. I can't stand the envy and spite that is constantly aimed toward the rich. It's the devils tool and a big part of whats wrong with the world.
Having said that.
I like someone who hunts moose with a $600.00 Winchester more than I like someone who hunts quail with a $10,000.00 over and under.
I like someone who went to a small state university better than I like someone who went to an Ivy League school.
I like someone who has five kids, The oldest in the Army and the youngest in diapers more than I like someone with two kids in private prep school.
I like someone who gives their kids goofy names like Track and Bristol more than I like people who give their kid four names with a roman numeral at the end.
I damn sure prefer someone who has worked in blue callerindustry and small business over a lawyer/politician or a dilettante with a trust fund to bail him out every time he fails.
I like someone who knows a retard baby is better than no baby.
Earlier this year BarackObama said if one of his girls got pregnant he wouldn't want her mistake to be punished with a baby. Any man who thinks this way is nothing but a dirty son of bitch and it would be a cursed people who would make him president.
A roofing contractor was busy working on replacing the shingles at the peak of a steeply pitched roof one day when he suddenly lost his footing and began to slide toward the edge of the roof where he would certainly fall off the building sustaining serious injury or even death. He immediately uttered a prayer as he was falling. " Lord if you save me I promise to all ways keep the commandments and be forever grateful." As soon as the prayer left his mouth his overalls caught on a protruding nail immediately arresting his fall. "Never mind that last prayer Lord. "The man said. "This nail saved me so I don't need your help after all." It's an old story. Anyone who's been to enough church meetings or has a mother with a Readers Digest subscription has heard it more than once. It still illustrates one of the weaker attributes of humane nature. Nearly the entire history of the Book of Mormon people can be summed up by the above story. I am no exception and this frustrates me. The proper amount of pressure will always cause me to turn to the Lord for help. As soon as the the pressure relents to even the slightest degree though I begin to think I had things well in hand all along. It's shocking how quickly I begin to slide back in to old bad habits of thought and action ( or inaction.) The past two years have been particularly challenging in every aspect of my life. Some of the greatest challenges have been financial. Times have been difficult for most of us and being self employed has taught me to weather the ups and down of the economy fairly well but for the last two years the drop in business has been very disproportionate in relation to the economic down turn. To complicate matters, literally every piece of equipment in the shop has failed completely and has had to be replaced or has required extensive and very costly repairs. All within the last six months. The unexpected costs alone have nearly wiped me out. At the end of May I was faced with the distressing decision of either keeping the doors open maxing out debt in the not wholly unreasonable hope that a 25 yr. old business would eventually recover or calling it quits and getting a real job leaving the business debts unpaid. Any decent accountant would say call it quits after seeing the books. For many years I have learned to put great faith in the law of tithing and that faith has all ways been rewarded. I have continued to pay a full tithe as well as a generous fast offering throughout my financial struggles. I decided to exercise a little more faith and determined to fast one day a week for the month of June for the welfare of the business. the second week of June we received a large order. We had bid on the job nearly two months earlier and were sure we had lost the job. The rest of the month was still very slow but that one job was just enough to keep the doors open for another month. When I delivered the order the the second week of July the customer placed a second order twice as large as the first. The money from this job allowed me to get caught up on all the unpaid bills and at least get even. August has all ways been one of the slowest months of the year for us. We're not exactly raking in the profits this month but I can confidently say the past two weeks have been one of the best starts in the month of August that I can remember in a long time. Now that the pressure has been relived I feel tremendous gratitude but I also know I'm all ready sliding back into my old habits. I don't know what to do other than to just keep trying to be better. I just felt I should publicly acknowledge the blessings of providence some where to remind me when I forget.
Breakfast 12oz can of Coca-Cola. Available world wide.
Green Chili burrito Los Dos Molinos Mesa, Az Order the number 5 combo green with beef if you survive you'll be addicted for life. runner up The Burger House Miami, Az.
Pesole/Menudo TaqueriaJalisco Broadway and Alma School Mesa, Az Don't be such a gringo try it you'll like it.
Cocktail decamarones y pulpo. TaqueriaJalisco Broadway and Gilbert Mesa, Az So good you may change you're mind about illegal immigration.
Chips and Salsa Los Dos Molinos runner up Islands Hamburgers several valley locations.
Horchata Salsitas Main and Country Club Dr. Mesa, Az Cold creamy cinnamon and vanilla goodness made fresh daily.
Steak My house. Farm fresh dry aged choice beef provided by Chapman Cattle Co. Welch, Ok.
Hamburger sit down restaurant Triple prime cheeseburger Ruby Tuesday's various valley locations. It's like a butter sandwich that tastes like beef. Runner up. The Firehouse Apache blv. Tempe, Az I'm not sure they are still open. The light rail may have killed them.
Hamburger fast food In and Out Burger. The valley, Las Vegas, SoCal. Double Double animal style no lettuce or tomato Runner up Fatburger. Same locations as In and Out. Order you're burger with a fried egg and grilled onions.
Hotdog Chicago style Al's Hotdogs Power & Brown Mesa,Az Firedog with everything. a suitable replacement for the long lost and greatly missed Dad's doghouse. New York style I haven't found one yet. Open for suggestions. Charcoal grilled Ted's Hotdogs Broadway & Mclintock? Tempe, Az
BB -Q Texas style Cooper's BB-Q Gilbert & Ray Gilbert, Az I over heard some people from Texas compliment Jeff ( the owner and my cousin) on the brisket. That's the only endorsement you need. Note to family members. Jeff has a cool old ariel Photo of the dairy hanging on the wall.
Fried Chicken fast food Charly's Chicken and BB-Q Miami (Miam-uh) Ok. Local for me is relative.
Pizza I don't have a favorite. Open for suggestions. I prefer New York style. I think Nelo's is over rated.
Submarine sandwich Che ba Hut North side of Dobson Rd. across from MCC Mesa, Az I don't like hippies or potheads and lesbians make me uncomfortable. You will find all of the above at Che ba but the the food makes the trip behind enemy lines worth it. I order the five-o. Lots of pork products. It's almost as good as the gone forever big joe's pastrami dip from Dad's.
Chinese Buffet. Hong Kong Gourmet Main st. west of Dobson Mesa, Az A little expensive but good varietyexcellent quality and full of some of the fattest people you will ever see.
Doughnuts. Cafe Du Monde French Quarter New Orleans, La. Beignets, the king of all doughnuts. Nothing else comes close. Don't say KrispyKream because you don't even know. Alternate source Ralf Brennen's Jazz Kitchen Downtown Disney adjacent to Disneyland Anaheim, Ca Just as good as New Orleans for double the price.
Restaurants that aren't very good but we all still eat there
Pete's Fish & Chips Main and Mesa Dr. Mesa, Az Natives talk about this place like it's something special. When new comers try it they say " what the hell? this food sucks!" Before long they begin to crave it fortnightly like the rest of us. No onion rings on Friday.
Autumn Moon Chinese Buffet I've eaten here hundreds of times in the past thirty years. Every time I do every time I get sick, and yet I all ways go back. Is this what it's like to be a woman in an abusive relationship?
Matta's Mexican Food Higley and Brown Mesa, Az Yes that location is correct. When I noticed they had closed the original location on Main street after at least fifty years in that same building I realised that half the reason more than half the reason I ate there was the atmosphere and memories of the building. I'm not sure I'll ever set foot in the new place. I wonder how long it will be before the City of Mesa buys the old building and tears it down so they can add another vacant lot to their collection.
I started watching the HBO mini series John Adams last night. ( I rented the first two episodes from netflix.) The show has receivedexcellent reviews and so far I'm in total agreement. If you have any interest in American history I highly recommend you check it out. In the second episode there is a scene depicting John Adams leaving his family behind in Massachusetts to attend the continental congress in Philadelphia. As he is riding away on his horse a young John Quincy Adams watching his father leave proclaims " I hate the congress!" I rose half way out of my chair and shouted at the television " I hate the congress too, two hundred and thirty three years later I hate congress!"